Daniel Smith / Host
In 2016, having not been on the radio for many years, Daniel approached Babylon FM station manager Noor Matti with hopes of doing some voiceover or commercial work in his spare time. They got along well, and within 15 minutes, they had agreed upon a new program that would feature “oldies” from the 1950s to the 1990s, The Lion’s Den.
He is a classically-trained composer who has written dozens of orchestral pieces for the classical stage or for theatre and was the co-founder of an orchestra in the US state of Connecticut. He has performed on stage at the piano, harpsichord, organ, timpani and theremin(pictured playing the theremin above). He has directed, stage-managed, or acted in multiple small theatre productions, and directed hundreds of 1930s/40s radio drama re-creations, either live on the radio or in front of an audience.
Daniel grew up in Maine, and has worked for several years in Iraq as a human rights/political researcher, journalist, or consultant on immigration cases for Iraqis. In the past, he has held such unrelated titles as piano rebuilder, piano teacher, photographer, trial consultant, private investigator, expert witness, amateur lock-picker, and emergency medical technician.